About Robotic Librarian

Welcome to my Underground Infosphere.


Robotic Librarian is the online face of steven szegedi a.k.a. Vaucanson’s Workshop.

I work in an academic library, and am professionally known as Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. As of last year I have a studio to play in as well, in the Bridgeport Art Center.  Please do come visit if you can — every third Friday of the month you can find me during our Open Studios, down in the basement with the other dusty artists, between 6 and 10 pm.  No matter what I do, I realize that so far I’m closer to an eighteenth century automata than a fully realized being; I probably have a few more lifetimes to go.

collage by Steven Szegedi,

Cheers, and thanks for visiting.


“Letters swallow themselves in seconds.
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
marry the air.

So much of any year is flammable,
lists of vegetables, partial poems.
Orange swirling flame of days,
so little is a stone.

Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.
I begin again with the smallest numbers.

Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,
only the things I didn’t do
crackle after the blazing dies.”

Naomi Shihab Nye, “Burning the Old Year” from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (Portland, Oregon: Far Corner Books, 1995).


7 Responses to About Robotic Librarian

  1. Woeful says:

    Best Wishes with the MLIS!

  2. Marc says:

    Hello. I write a blog for Otis College of Art and Design called The “O” Observed. Your post about book binding came up in my Google alerts and I just posted a mention of it. I also used one of the images from your post in mine and I wanted to verify that this is alright. I quite enjoyed reading your piece.



  3. yolaleah says:

    Just wanted to tell you that I’m loving the quote from the gunslinger up top. Very nice.

  4. Collage? Book arts? Automata? What’s not to like??

  5. katie kosma says:

    STEVE. I just googled you to see if any of your collage work is online. I still have the one you made for me (penguins, food, and a fabulous neon frame). I wanted to see if you have an online gallery or a real gallery or anything. Hope you’re doing well – I’d love to see some of your projects! Please send. Yes. Ok. Hope you’re doing exceedingly well.

    bye now,

  6. herb weitz says:

    thanks for the mention, I have a project, …my collection of handstamps needs to be cataloged 4000 (?) pieces…it’s one of the best in the country …the creation of the
    catalog in gold on leather together with a cross-referenced text ….with pictures of
    bindings featuring the collection ‘in action’…depending on the depth of scholarship
    is a great project and the result , a thesis…20 yrs. tooling experience in months,
    what the student needs …1subsistance in NYC for the length of the project , 2. the student will probably bear the expence of gold $1,000 (?). 3 prior completion of any 6hr.or more course of instruction in hand tooling, 4. A CRITICAL INTERVIEW
    5. a commitment toa standard work day schedule …
    this is all just an idea i”m exploring

  7. Hatzipappacharalambopolous says:

    Samuel Beckett was born in 1906, not 1888, and died in 1989, not 1965.

    Where is that quote from? One of his works? Which one?

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